Safety warning about Christmas "must have" hover boards

Christmas shoppers in Edinburgh are being warned by Trading Standards not to buy self-balancing scooters – or "hover-boards" – after tests found some of them to be unsafe.

Officers from the City of Edinburgh Council’s Trading Standards are checking any “must have” scooters which they find being sold in the city’s shops, and have asked anyone who has bought one to contact them for advice on 0131 529 3030, or 0345 404 0506.
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Tests carried out on more than 17,000 scooters at UK ports since October found that 88% were unsafe, and many of the items detained and sent for testing have non-compliant plugs without fuses, which increases the risk of the device overheating, exploding or catching fire. There have also been problems with cabling, chargers, batteries or the cut-off switches within the board, which often fail.

Councillor Cammy Day, Community Safety Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "This is certainly not a present that you should be buying for your loved ones this Christmas, and I urge anyone who has already bought one to get in touch with Trading Standards immediately. Always stay vigilant when buying presents and check that British safety marks are visible – buying unsafe goods may spoil your festive fun."

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